Acronyms like “ICD-9-CM” and “ICD-10-CM/PCS” may make the average person’s eyes glaze over. But for countless professionals in the health information technology field, the mere mention of transitioning to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) tends to speed up heart rates and blood-pressure readings.
That’s because every five-numeric-digit medical code they’ve known will become obsolete later this year when the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS and its seven-character, alphanumeric code go into effect. The new ICD-10-CM/PCS replaces all ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes and procedure codes. The change was originally scheduled for last fall but has been pushed back to this October.